Luci Barker

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Saturday, 28 July 2018

My 19th Birthday | Bucket List!


This time last year I uploaded a '20 things to do before I'm 20 list' so I thought I would do an updated version and share some of the goals that are now on my list a year on and if I've achieved any goals that I wrote last year.

20 things to do before I'm 20 (click here).

If you would like to see the goals that I set myself this time last year you can click the link above. I actually did achieve a couple of these goals and looking back I'm quite proud of myself. So, lets get into them. 

Upload more Blog posts

Now, I did actually manage to upload more blog posts a week, not that I kept it up, but I have uploaded 3 or 4 posts some weeks and also I did do blogmas, so I think that counts. Hopefully I will actually be able to start doing 3 blog posts every week, but we will soon see. 

Go on a roadtrip / holiday with my friends 


I haven't actually done this yet, but I have booked to go to Goa next year, with one of my best friends and I actually cannot wait. Obviously, I will be blogging about my trip and the things we get up to whilst we're there!!

Get 5,000 views a month?

Back in October, my blog had a really good month and my stat were at an all time high. Over the course of that month I had over 6,100 views, which I still cannot get my head around and I'm so thankful and lucky with how well my blog has done and is continuing to do ... it's beyond anything I could have expected when I first started.


Out of the 20 goals I set myself to achieve by the time I'm 20, I have only achieved 3 of them (to be fair they were pretty big, and probably quite unrealistic, goals) but I hope to be able to tick some more off over the next 365 days!!


My Goals for this Year!

  • Go to more Concerts
  • Travel to new places
  • Grow my blog to 85K views? (This is probably quite unlikely)
  • Buy my first Car
  • Get a Tattoo
  • Go to a Festival
  • Go to more Blogger Events
  • Meet more Bloggers
  • Take up a new hobby, whether it's a Sport or something else
  • Get fit and healthy ... Start going to the GYM
  • Up my blog game ... from photos, to content, to my way of writing
  • Be Happy (or happier)

And there we have the list of things I would like to do over the next year or so. Thankyou so much for taking the time to read my blog, particularly this post, I hope you enjoyed!

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡
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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Picking Out The Perfect Summer Fragrance!


When it comes to fragrances, I’m not someone that really spends a lot on perfumes as a whole, but it’s nice to have a couple of scents that you like to have and that are a staple for me, for particular occasions, times of year etc. For the summer, for me personally, it’s all about the refreshing, fruity scents and for this year I have found quite a few perfect scents.

So let’s start with the perfumes, where I have picked out two, one that's quite cheap and one that's a little more pricey. The first fragrance that I have picked out is the Primark Love Rose, which actually retails for only £3. I actually picked this one up as a bit of an impulse buy and I’m soo glad I did as it has such a light, floral scent. This scent is described to have rose, floral notes and green notes. The smell of the fragrance doesn’t actually last too long on this skin, however as it’s soo cheap I do understand and don’t mind reapplying this a number of times throughout the day or night.



I then have the Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy Perfume, which retail at £22 for 30ml and I think this is pretty reasonable and is in this middle of cheap and high end. This one is described as:

‘The New Ariana Grande brand is playful at heart wrapped in decadent desire. Inspired by Ariana’s seductively sweet, fun and sexy personality, unlock your most delightful daydream, flirt with the delicious possibilities and find yourself tickled pink with temptation. Indulge in the irresistible new fragrance from Ariana Grande that surprises with candy sweet delight! A luscious burst of sugar-frosted Blackberry and juicy Italian Bergamot sparkle with delicious addiction, while velvety layers of Crème de Cassis, fluffy Marshmallow and sexy Vanilla blend together to leave a sexy trail.’

Read more at https://www.boots.com/sweet-like-candy-by-ariana-grande-30ml-eau-de-parfum-spray-10220649#SM8t610sPsZ4Wu2U.99

I’m so bad at describing scents but this is very sweet, hence the name, and almost fruity as well which I think is perfect for this time of hear. I have noticed that the scent actually does last quite a while and I only need to reapply it once throughout the day or not ... well to be honest I probably don’t even need to reapply it but I like to anyway!! Also, can we just talk about how cute the bottle is and it even comes with a Pom Pom on the lid ... it’s just screams Ariana.

When you’re not feeling constantly spritzing yourself in perfume when it wears off throughout the day or night, body sprays and mists are deffo the way to go. I’ve always been all about the Victoria’s Secret Body Sprays and some of my favourites include Kinda Sexy, Coconut Passion and Sheer Love. 
For a cheaper alternative, I recently came across this So?... Body Spray in Bali Breeze, which is actually a good show for one of the VS ones but I cannot for the life of me remember which one it is, so if you know please remind me in the comments below.

I wanted to do something a little bit different, that I hadn’t done before, for today’s post so I do hope you enjoyed it. I would love to hear about your fave summer fragrances on the comments below.



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Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡


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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Switching out my Skincare Routine || Updated Skincare Routine!


If you know me, you’ll know that I am always searching for the perfect skincare routine that will help acne, dry skin and also clear the redness and I think I’ve finally cracked it with this one. Over the past month or two I have been trying out a whole new skincare routine, as well as using some of my old 
trusty products and together they’ve really been helping me. So for today’s post I thought I would share with you the products that’s I have been using and my thoughts on them so I hope you enjoy.

So let’s start with the face masks because let’s be honest, we all love to give our skin a little TLC and chill with a face mask on ... and I’ve been using the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Sheet Mask cos who has time for the hassle of mud masks or peel off ones? These masks aren’t new to my collection as I have been using them for quite a while now, but after taking a break from using them, I thought it was time to give them another go and I’m soo glad I did because nothing works better and for £3.99 (currently on sale for £1.99) you just can’t go wrong, can you really? I find that a lot of sheet masks can slip off your face but with the holes so you can wrap them round your ears, they stay put and tbh I even forgot mine was there after a while oops haha. (At least my skin wasn’t complaining). These masks are so hydrating, cooling ... so if you can acne or just a break out they can really soothe them ... and you can feel the benefits until days after you’ve worn it.


I then pick up the Neutrogena Hydra Boost Eye Cream because I’ve been needing an eye cream that’ll help hydrate around my eyes and I know that water based gel products really do the job ... just like the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturiser. Because this is a gel it really speaks into the skin almost instantly, without creating a barrier of cream and this works well when applying makeup as the concealer can then be blended into the skin and not make it look cakey. This eye cream also has aloe in it, which has helped to soothe and hydrate my dry under eyes and eye lids, and so far, so good.


I actually picked up the Neutrogena Hydra Boost Express Hydrating Spray, because I thought it was a facial spray, just like the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, however its more of a facial gel that comes in this spray bottle. As I previously have mentioned, I love water based gel moisturisers as they are so lightweight and are particularly perfect for summer and this is very comparable to the L’Oreal one ... except you do get more product for your money.


Simple is one of my all time favourite skincare products as it works really well, the products are all decent sized, they’re easy to get hold of and they’re really well priced. I have been using the simple toner for years now but this pore minimising toner hasn’t been one that I’ve been reaching for as often until recently ... and thank god I have because my skin is thanking me for it. I do have quite big pores on and around my nose that I can get quite conscious about because the only way really to cover them is by using makeup ... particularly primer. Or so I thought, but since using this toner it’s really minimised them and they’re not as obvious as they were and I’m feeling so much better about my skin without makeup. 


I came across the Protecting Moisture Cream with SPF 30, also from simple, whilst I was browsing on Amazon and I decided to pick it up and give it a go. It was particularly the fact that it has SPF 30 that really stood out to me as most of the moisturiser I use only have SPF 15 or 20 and I like to wear higher ones to protect my skin from ageing (cos we all know my fear of getting wrinkles haha). I will say that this moisturiser is a little thick and does take a while to sink into the skin, but I do apply this 5 or so minutes before my makeup just to give it time to do so. The pros of it being quite thick is that it does hydrate the skin better and really gives that smooth feeling, making it a really good base for makeup. I actually picked up two 50ml bottles of this for less that £7 and that IS a bargain!!

Last but not least, I picked up the No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, which has actually been a product that I’ve been wanting to try for a long while now and I finally caved and picked it up. I use this at the end of my nighttime skincare routine as a bit of a treatment for my skin whilst I sleep. Oils are perfect for treating dry skin, keeping it hydrated and also preventing wrinkles and I have noticed such a difference to my skin since adding oil to my skincare routine (obviously not with the wrinkles!!) but I cannot recommend using facial oil enough to you all and I guarantee that you will notice a difference in your skin very quickly. 


And there we have it, my updated skincare routine. I really hope you enjoyed this post and you may have even found a few new products that you like the sounds of.


Do let me know any products that you may recommend for me in the comments below and I’ll see you soon!!



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Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡


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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Revolution PRO Full Coverage Camouflage Foundation || Review!


Hey there, you may have seen in one of my previous blog posts that I picked up the Revolution PRO Full Coverage Camouflage Foundation and you may know that I absolutely love Revolutions Fast Stick Foundation that I have previously reviewed, so I thought I would share my thoughts on this one too!!!

Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation Review: (click here)

Firstly, let’s talk about the packaging because that’s one of my favourite things to talk about with any product. The packaging for this foundation is very minimalistic but it’s still cute. You get a fairly decent amount of product ( ml) for just £7. Which I think considering the quality and how much I like the foundation I would be more than happy to pay this amount ...but we will get into that later in the post.

As with the other Revolution Foundations & also their Concealers, the shade range is very impressive with 18 shades, with lots of different undertones!! I use the shade F1, which is the lightest shade and it's probably a little pale for me but I can make it work. I wore this foundation for probably about 10/11 hours and I can say that it genuinely felt and look just as good from the moment I applied and to the moment I removed it at the end of the day. I usually get pretty oily throughout the day and feeling like it needs setting again, however this seemed to stay at a comfortable finish all day. I did find that it wasn’t as matte half way through the day as it was when I first applied it, but it didn’t feel as though it was sliding off of my face and it felt very comfortable on the skin.

Overall, I am very happy with this foundation and some of the reasons for this include the price, the shade range, the fact it’s full coverage, but in no way cakey. However, a few downsides just for me personally, is that it did slightly stick to my dry skin, I did have to use quite a lot of foundation because both my brush and my Beauty Blender sucked it up (which isn’t necessarily the foundations fault) and the shade I bought was a little pale, but I know I would like it even more if it matched me better. If you have normal I would really recommend this foundation to you, maybe not so much to those with dry patches but even with oily skin I think this would work a treat, but just be sure to set it well or even bake it and use a mattifying primer, which I’m sure you all do anyway!!

So there are my thoughts on the new Revolution PRO Foundation, I really hope you enjoyed this post. If you’ve also tried this foundation, then I would love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments below.

Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡


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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Soft Glam Eye with Bold Lip Makeup Look || Collab


Hey everyone, today’s post is in collaboration with AlixKate. We’ve decided to collab again on a neutral eye-look with a bold lip and Alix is filming this for her youtube channel which you can watch here. We have actually collab'd before, so if you would like to read that post you can click here.


Alix’s Blog: www.alixkate.co.uk
Alix's Video: click here


So let’s start with how I created this look. I decided to primer with the MAC Fix+, as I wanted something light, hydrating and refreshing and I knew this would do exactly that. For foundation I used the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation in F1 and mixed it with the EX1 Invisiwear Foundation to give myself a really glowy, lightweight yet full coverage look. The Revolution Stick Foundation itself doesn’t last that well on my skin so I mixed it with the EX1 one to keep it on the skin longer and also to help blend it out.

The MAC PRO LongWear Concealer has become the one that I find myself reaching for more and more and today was no exception. Although it’s a little full coverage and cakey, I find with using the slightest amount and blending it out with a damp beauty blender, that it takes a lot of the excess product away and if I set it properly by baking with the RCMA No Colour Powder that it looks really good and flawless. I then set my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Because all the attention is going to be on the lip in this makeup look, I used the Hoola Lite Bronzer by Benefit to give a light bronze-y, summer glow and finished off the face with a mixture of the Dallas and the Dandelion Blush, both of those also by Benefit. I also baked underneath the bronzer to give a little bit of a contoured look and to make my cheekbones pop. To get rid of the powdery look to the skin, I then spritzed my face again with some Fix+.




Just a quick note to say all the shades used are marked on the picture above. 

For the eyes I decided to use the Morphe 35K Palette, which I haven’t been reaching for as much since I bought the sophdoesnails palette, but I knew this palette would be perfect for this type of look. To start the look off I went over with the closest shade to my skin colour and blended that all over my crease, just to set the concealer to make the other shadows easier to blend. I then mixed Cloudberry, which is the orange shade from the sophdoesnails palette, with the warm nude shade in the Morphe palette and blended them into my crease and slightly down onto the lid. To deepen the crease, I then blended the brown shade on to the outer part of my crease. And there we have it, the most simple eye look. To finish off the eyes, I picked up the Rimmel Miss Baby Roll Mascara which gives really nice volume and curl to the lashes, without looking like spiders legs.

sophdoesnails X Revolution Palette Review click here.

My fave part is next and thats the brows. I still find myself reaching for the MAC Deep Dark Brunette Gelcreme and I haven't been able to find something that works better than this yet, so I imagine it'll be my go-to for much longer. I then set them in place with the Natural Collection Clear Mascara.

Lastly, to finish off the look, I decided to go with a lip colour that although it’s bold, it also screams summer and this is The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Cali Gerbera which is a bright coral-y, orange shade. I went with this lip colour because it’s quite bright and really summery and I know I’m going to be reaching for it a lot over the next couple of months.

So there we have it, the details of how I created this look. I really hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to check Alix’s Channel and Blog out!!


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The Finished Look!




Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡


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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Superdrug Beauty Haul.


Hey everyone, so I’m back again with another haul because I still think I need to buy more makeup ahh. I went onto the Superdrug website for a body lotion and instead bought a few new makeup bits, completely forgetting about the body lotion. Anyway, if you would like to see what I picked up, then please keep reading. 

The first item I picked up is the sophdoesnails lipstick in Cake, which is part of her new collab with Revolution. I’ve been wanting to try this lipstick since I saw that she was bringing out more makeup with Revolution and this lipstick looks like the perfect nude lip. Also, the packaging is so cute, well to be honest anything with a little bit of Rose Gold makes me want to buy it. 

I decided to pick up another one of the Conceal & Define Concealers, also from Revolution, as I’m running out of my other ones. As I found that C1 (the lightest shade) can be a little pale for me and that C2 is good for highlighting, I thought I would pick up the shade down (C3) to use to cover up and of my blemishes and this seems to be the perfect shade for me. My full review on this concealer is here, I really couldn’t recommend this concealer enough. 

The Revolution PRO Full Coverage Camouflage Foundation is another product that has been on my wishlist for a while now and it’s sounds like it should be everything that I want in a foundation. I have high hopes for this foundation and I am excited to get using it. I will be writing a full review on this foundation so, if you would like to hear my thoughts on this, then keep your eyes peel for that. 

The last item that I picked up in this haul is the Barry M Flawless Original Primer. I used to use the Barry M Green Primer which I really liked, but I didn’t seem to repurchase this, I think this is because I have quite a few other primers which I’m trying to use up, but I thought as I was picking some other bits up that I would also get a primer. My skin seems to be looking good at the moment so the green primer isn’t really needed and this is why I picked up the original one, but I am hoping this works just as well. 

So, they’re the items that I picked up in Superdrug, I’m looking forward to trying all of these products out and I hope you enjoyed reading about the items too. 


Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡



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Sunday, 8 July 2018

My Makeup Style || TAG.


Hey there, I’m back with another TAG post today as we all know how much I like doing them ah. This is the ‘My Makeup Style’ TAG, which will help you find out all about my makeup including the products I like using, the brands I love and how I got into makeup. So if you would like to read all about this, then please keep reading.


1. What kind of eye primer do you use and why? Liquid or Shadow Stick?

I use the Smashbox Under Eye Primer all over my lids and under my eyes as it’s really hydrating but it doesn’t give a cakey, thick look that some Concealers or eye shadow primers can. It does sink into the skin, but doesn’t go completely matter so I always set it with one of the closest shadows to my skin colour / tone, that is in the palette I’m using.


2. What colour eye shadow makes you feel bold and pretty at the same time?

Orange is deffo my go-to as it can look fairly natural with not much going on, but you can also make it super glam and it’s especially perfect for summer when you want a neutral colour without having to use Browns. The orange (Cloudberry) from the sophdoesnails revolution palette is deffo my favourite, from the ones I have tried so far.


3. What eye shadow colour do you least like to wear and why?

I’d say black because although it can look really nice and sultry, it doesn’t always go right and can look a little too much. I think I just need to practice doing black smokey eyes more to be honest so that I can get it right, but that’s probably my least favourite shadow colour because of that reason.


4. Do you wear Liquid or Pencil Eye Liner?

I don’t really wear liner that often, but black pencil liner has become something that I like to put on my water line. If I’m going for a super glam look and want to cover the lash band, then I’ll use a little bit of liquid liner but for not I’d say pencil. Please let me know if you have any liner recommendations, in the comments below.


5. Rimmel or Maybelline Mascara?


Deffo Rimmel, because although there are a couple of Maybelline mascaras that I like, a lot of my all time favourites are from Rimmel including the Miss Baby Roll, VML Feline and the Scandal-eyes ones.


6. If you could have your eyebrows permanently done or not wear any blush again, what would you choose?


I’m not really a big fan of blush to be honest, so I’d deffo have to have my brows done permanently because I don’t feel like my makeups finished when my brows aren’t done. 


7. Who taught you to do makeup?


I’m pretty much self taught, other than what I’ve learned through watching YouTube tutorials. However, I studied Makeup Artistry at college in order to improve my skills and potentially go onto to be an MUA.


8. Are you a fan of cream products e.g. blush, concealer or contour etc and why?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that cream products just doing really work with my skin, I’m not sure why but sometimes it’s just too full coverage and too cakey or some cream products, especially blushes, just don’t really blend that well which doesn’t look good. 


9. When did you start getting into makeup and what was the first product / brand you used?

I've always loved the idea of makeup from a very young age, probably like 6/7 as I was always drawn towards colour. Obviously, I started out with kids makeup like lip gloss and stuff, but at the end of middle school, at like 11 I was allowed to buy some tinted moisturiser, mascara and blusher and they were all from Natural Collection. I remember feeling soo grown up and as soon as I was allowed to get a full on eye shadow palette I was in my element, with my awful blue eye shadow looks haha!!


10. Setting spray, do you believe in it? Which is your holy grail?

I don't necessarily think that setting sprays works, as I use primer anyway so they could be working well together, or one of them could be working and the other one not, but I think setting sprays are really refreshing and hydrating and they also take the powdery look away from the skin so I couldn't not use it. To be honest, I've only actually used a few setting sprays and I think my fave would be the Skindinavia, even though I haven't restocked on it in such a long time.


Please let me know what your answers would be, in the comments below because I'd love to know!!


Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡


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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

June Favourites!


For today’s post I will be sharing my favourites for the month of June. I did take a break from Favourites posts for May as I was using the same products as the month before, but throughout June I came across lots of new products that I have been really enjoying using. So, let’s get into it.

My first favourite was actually an old favourite which I recently got my hands on again and this is the Victoria’s Secret Body Spray in Such a Flirt. I believe this spray has been discontinued as I wasn’t able to find it in store at VS, in Superdrug or anywhere else online other than eBay ... but don’t quote me on that because they could just be sold out.

Next up is the Neutrogena Hydraboost Eye Cream, which I picked up a few weeks ago. Recently, I’ve been getting quite a dry eyelid and under eye area but only on one eye. I was using lots of different creams, oils and serums but nothing seemed to help it really so I thought I should try a water based eye gel as the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Moisturiser has really helped my skin before. I notified that even after a few uses, my eye area was a whole lot more hydrated and smooth and after a few days the dryness was gone completely. I really don’t think you need to spend a lot of money on eye creams to get a good quality one and this one really proves that as it retails at just £10.39 which I’d say is midway between drugstore and high end skincare and I think it’s so worth it. If you have any dupes for this or other eye creams that you think I should try, then please let me know in the comment below!!

My next favourite is the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. I didn’t actually like this at first because I found that it was too full coverage and cakey, however over the past month or so I’ve found myself reaching for it more and more. I use the tiniest bit, as it goes a long way, and blend it out with a damp beauty blender, so that it takes away any excess product. Also, baking it has helped smooth it out and set it better so that it stays in place and doesn’t budge through out the day. It is a little expensive at £18.50, but it’s currently on sale at Debenhams and it’s linked here.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes has been part of my everyday makeup routine throughout June and I’ve been really liking the way it looks. It’s like a pale, orangey nude which gives me that summer feeling but also still looks neutral and is a perfect nude for this time of year. I really recommend these lip creams as they are really well priced, smooth not drying, last all day through meals and drinks and they do a number of different colours. 

The last favourite of mine for this month is the Ben & Anna UK Vegan Deodorant Stick in Pink Grapefruit. I’ve only been using this for a few weeks but I have really been liking it and the scent of it lasts all day which makes you smell really good. This fruit scent is perfect for summer and I really recommend them. If you would like to read my full review on this then you can click here.


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Until Next Time,
Luci ♡♡

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